Why should we rent our equipment instead of purchasing it?

Certain equipment makes complete sense to purchase: bed frames, room furniture, wheelchairs, etc,. These items have little demand for preventive maintenance and stay in use on a regular basis. However, items like Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) pumps, powered air mattresses and bariatric equipment are expensive and require regular routine maintenance and extensive cleaning between patient uses to meet compliance standards. These items often sit idle in closets and are routinely broken or lost within the facility. ProCare handles all repair and maintenance issues assuring that your facility is in compliance and your staff can focus on what they do best, patient care.

The ProCare Rental Program supplies piece of mind to our facility and caregiver partners by providing the highest level of cleaning standards in the industry. Every piece of equipment is hand sanitized to assure that your patient receives safe, sanitary therapy. In the event that the equipment becomes soiled during rental, our professional staff will swap out the soiled equipment for clean equipment at no additional charge. In the event that a piece of equipment malfunctions, our 24/7 service centers provide on call support and will swap out the malfunctioning equipment with working equipment within hours assuring that there is a minimum impact to your patient's therapy regimen.

Choosing to rent this equipment frees up capital expenditure dollars and provides additional tax benefits to your facility. For more information regarding ProCare's Medical Equipment Rental Program, please contact us.

Why should I register with ProCare?

Why shouldn't you? ProCare has access to industry resources that we share with our registered users including patient care tips, upcoming industry changes, new technology updates and equipment specials that are only sent to those users. Plus it's free. Want to register? Look up and to the left, then click the "Register" button. Once you have registered, look for the News and Information tab at the top of this page.

Is an AP (Alternating Pressure) Overlay still an appropriate therapy for Pressure Relief?

Absolutely maybe. It really depends on the type of AP Overlay used. There is a case to be made against those small, single patient use overlays. You know the ones, they're about an inch thick and attached to a fish pump. In order to support the patient during the alternating cycle, the filled aircells must be really firm. This creates unnecessary pressure interface and could lead to complications. ProCare only uses 5" or greater AP overlays rated for pressure relief (<32mMhg) even in the inflated portion of the mattress. Our overlays are absolutely an appropriate therapy for prevention and treatment of up to stage II pressure ulcers.

My current provider has told me that all AP Overlays are obsolete. Is that true?

No way. The AP Overlays with at least 5" aircells still offer an affordable therapy for prevention and treatment of up to stage II pressure ulcers. Used appropriately, an AP Overlay offers very effective first line therapy to your patients. As with all petients that are deemed as high skin risk, you have to continuously assess and monitor the skin condition and change therapies as necessary.

I've been told that there is only one effective NPWT (Negative Pressure Wound Therapy) and that anything less than 125 are not effective.

This is not true. In fact, it's outright disinformation meant to divert clinicians from choosing viable alternatives for patient therapy. According to a 2004 study performed by Dr. Angelica Wackenfors and others at the Lund University showed improved vascularity closer to the healing tissue with the use of lower pressures. The authors concluded "A low negative pressure during treatment may be beneficial, especially in soft tissue, to minimize possible ischemic effects. Intermittent therapy may further increase blood flow." With the historic results of these alternative devices now available for scrutiny, this myth about lower pressures not being effective has officially been debunked.